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can tuberculosis cause copd?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
No: Tuberculosis can damage the lungs and result in a condition called bronchiectasis. It's symptoms are chronic cough and phlegm production, similar to symptoms of copd.
Answered on Apr 17, 2014
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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
21 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Not really: Tuberculosis (TB) is an infection by a bacterium. It can cause pneumonia and even holes/cavities in the lung if not treated. It typically does not cause copd. It is possible, depending on how severe the infection is, that TB can cause scarring in the lung. Smoking is the main cause of copd.
Answered on Dec 20, 2015
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
35 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Very very rare: Would be unusual.
Answered on Nov 2, 2012

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